Rape charges dropped against West Mich. firefighter

Prosecutors have dropped rape charges against a decorated West Michigan firefighter and are now investigating his accuser, a western Pennsylvania woman who claimed she was attacked during a visit last year.
AP Wire
Feb 13, 2013


Beaver County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich is investigating defense claims that 50-year-old Lee Finlayson's accuser hacked into his phone and sent herself an alleged "confession" text message.

Authorities charged Finlayson because the message appeared to show he admitted raping the woman at her Brighton Township home on Sept. 22. The woman could be charged if phone records prove she faked the text.

Stephen Colafella, the attorney for the firefighter from Rockford, said the results of the case are "bittersweet" because "it is a horrible thing he was accused of."

Finlayson was the Grand Rapids Fire Department's 2011 firefighter of the year.



Everyone has something to say about a public employee when they are accused of something, anything here? No sweeping all encompassing statements about firefighters or the women they date? I for one am just glad to see that they printed it when the allegations were shown to be false. Good luck on getting your reputation back Mr. Finlayson. I wish you well.


Kudos GHJames! ^

Mystic Michael

Hell hath no fury like a crazy beotch with a rape accusation in her arsenal of dirty weapons.


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